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#Ireland

# ireland - Today’s News

The best Irish sports team you’ve never heard of

Ailsa Anderson chats to The42 about her side’s unlikely success story.

‘It’s taken a ton of work just to be able to walk on the leg again’ – Ó Lionáird

One of Ireland’s most exciting track talents opens up on his injury struggles and his plans for redemption in Rio.

# ireland - Yesterday’s News

From The Daily Edge Every single Irish number one in the 2000s, ranked from worst to best You're My Number One

As it happened: France v Ireland, Six Nations

Joe Schmidt’s side are looking to claim their first win of the tournament in Paris today.

From The Daily Edge 23 ways to say ‘potato’ as Gaeilge Prátaí

23 ways to say ‘potato’ as Gaeilge

Don’t say we never teach you anything.

‘He was told he was too small for the Springboks, like me’ – Former Ireland captain on Stander

Dion O’Cuinneagain talks to The42 about the Munster back-rower, his days as Irish skipper and plans for the summer tour of South Africa.

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Payback on Irish minds as they seek to break France hoodoo

Fly-half Caughey putting Olympic dreams on hold with a Six Nations crown to defend.

# ireland - Friday 12 February, 2016

No time to lick their wounds as U20s prepare for bruising France encounter

Forwards coach calls for major improvement tonight after opening defeat to Wales.

# ireland - Thursday 11 February, 2016

95 minutes of training time in ‘unsettling and frustrating’ week for Schmidt

Late selection calls and a focus on recovery have made it a difficult week for the reigning champs.

‘It’s down to who’s willing to work harder’: McGrath scrummaging with a plan

The Leinster loosehead will pack down against the heaviest man to appear at last year’s World Cup. You think he’s fazed?

From TheJournal.ie ‘Home to what?’: Emigrants want a say in who runs the show while they’re living abroad Opinion

‘Home to what?’: Emigrants want a say in who runs the show while they’re living abroad

Barry Johnston says emigrants are exercised about having no say in the kind of country they would one day like to return to.

Gatland has no qualms with Schmidt over gamesmanship suggestions

“As coaches it’s a case of making sure we stick together and not try and allow anyone to put wedges between us.”

McCloskey to start at centre as Henry returns to bench

Fly-half Sam Windsor will also make his debut for the province against the Glasgow Warriors.

No Bastareaud coming down the tracks, but Sexton fit and ready for France and Danty

‘I probably felt the way front-rowers feel every day, but as a soft out-half I just didn’t hide it as well.’

Tight turnaround for Sexton and more talking points from Schmidt’s side to face France

The out-half has struggled with a shoulder injury this week, but has been declared good to go.

Sean O’Brien and the Kearneys start for Ireland, as Zebo misses out on France trip

Fergus McFadden is on Ireland’s bench as Joe Schmidt makes three changes for the trip to Paris.

Furlong ‘more determined to keep getting to that level’ after first taste of the Six Nations

Furlong ‘more determined to keep getting to that level’ after first taste of the Six Nations

The Leinster prop won his fourth Ireland cap against Wales.

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Irish women plotting inside job in French rugby heartland

Paula Fitzpatrick knows what to expect this weekend having played with Toulouse for the past three months.

# ireland - Wednesday 10 February, 2016

Analysis: Ireland’s first-half scrum woes could have proved even more costly

The scrum settled after the break, but the French pack will provide an even bigger test.

Kearney reveals Ireland looking to target ‘soft’ France defence

The Leinster winger, who came on as a substitute against Wales, believes France are vulnerable out wide.

# ireland - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

Handre Pollard ruled out of South Africa’s summer Test series against Ireland

The 21-year-old out-half is facing a nine-month lay-off.

Ireland ready to spring towards Paris after bruising ‘neutral’ start

The ‘building blocks’ are in place and Ireland will reach for the gears this weekend.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Paul O’Connell’s biggest attribute was his ability to inspire’ End Of An Era

‘Paul O’Connell’s biggest attribute was his ability to inspire’

The Limerick native’s legacy will live on for generations to come as he will forever be remembered as a shining example of great leadership, writes James Galvin.

‘Young Munster U8s are looking for someone’: Ryan backs ‘great communicator’ POC to become coach

Donnacha Ryan was in a better position than anyone to see every aspect brought to the able by Paul O’Connell.

Wales delay naming team as Biggar makes remarkable recovery

The fly-half suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday but could still face Scotland this weekend.

Sexton, Trimble and Zebo sit out training while McFadden joins Ireland squad as cover

The trio are expected to train fully on Thursday, but Keith Earls remains a major doubt for Saturday’s trip to Paris.

‘I consider myself very lucky’ — O’Connell ready to improve golf game after dominating Irish rugby

‘You’re either going to get back to being strong and fast and powerful again or you’re not. And that makes the decision for you.’

From The Daily Edge 16 tweets that will make no sense to anyone outside Ireland Me Hoop

16 tweets that will make no sense to anyone outside Ireland

“Where do ye snake the naggin?”.

# ireland - Monday 8 February, 2016

Dragons fullback cited for ‘dangerous charge’ on Stuart Olding

An extremely sore one for the brilliant Ulster back.

CJ Stander and the rest of The42′s Six Nations Team of the Week

There was the tightest of tight calls at number eight, while we found room for five Irishmen after the draw against Wales.

# ireland - Sunday 7 February, 2016

‘We can build on that and get better’: Positives in Irish game keeps Murray confident

A point dropped, but Ireland have won back-to-back titles with a defeat under their belts.

‘We had the game won’: Wales leave Dublin frustrated with point dropped

Jamie Roberts said his side were ‘kicking themselves’ after failing to close the game at 13 – 16.

From TheJournal.ie A ‘fluke’ brought this Love/Hate actor from working in a call centre to Broadway Stephen Jones

A ‘fluke’ brought this Love/Hate actor from working in a call centre to Broadway

Jones will star in This Lime Tree Bower later this month.

Here’s how we rated Ireland after an intense draw at home to Wales

Ireland will head back to Carton House disappointed at having to share the spoils.

13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw

It’s the first time in Championship history that the sides have shared the spoils.

As it happened: Ireland v Wales, Six Nations

Joe Schmidt’s side get their campaign under way at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.

Williams in at fullback for Wales as Anscombe is ruled out

Warren Gatland has had to shuffle his starting XV ahead of today’s match in Dublin.

From The Daily Edge This two-year-old girl singing Ireland’s Call is the hero we need right now Up For The Match

133 years of the 4, 5 and 6 Nations Championship: Can Ireland complete its first 3-in-a-row?

Most back-to-back champs have not fared well when they try for a third straight Championship.

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